The Birthplace of Elvis

We’re not big Elvis Presley fans, which is probably why we didn’t make a stop at The Elvis Presley Birthplace the first time we were taking interstate 78 past Tupelo, Mississippi.  That day we were on our way to Oxford, and I was more interested in getting on the Natchez Trace (however briefly) and stopping at the Tupelo National Battlefield, which turned out to be somewhat anticlimactic.  Just a small patch of grass and some monuments located right off the roadside, surrounded by urban sprawl and a few leering locals in pickup trucks.  We should have went to Elvis’ birthplace instead.

Because when we did make it back to Tupelo a few days later, the museum was closed. But we could still walk the grounds and see the house where Elvis Presley was born: a tiny two-room shotgun house built in 1934, supposedly for a grand total of $180.  A nearby church is just as modest.  The First Assembly of God Church, where Elvis sang as a boy, was restored back to its 1930s appearance and moved to the property a few years back. The complex is quiet and humble and about as un-Elvis as you can get.  The anti-Graceland.

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  1. roberta
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    next stop: graceland too?!?!?

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    you guys should go to graceland! I’d love to see it through drew’s lens. and I love that shotgun house, I’d take it over his graceland mansion any day (provided two room living is do-able). it’s so starkly white and beautiful.

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